Vikings Rumors & News

  • Ponder not written off by Vikings coaching staff

    Minneapolis Star Tribune "With Matt Cassel and Teddy Bridgewater still competing for the starting quarterback spot, Christian Ponder — the Vikings’ former QB of the future turned first-string clipboard-holder — didn’t even get a brief cameo in Saturday night’s 30-28 preseason victory over Arizona. But that doesn’t mean..." August 20

  • The NFL's Most Valuable Teams

    Forbes.com "Just because the auction of the Buffalo Bills is having a tough time drawing bids above $1 billion two years after the Cleveland Browns sold for $987 million, and just weeks after the National Basketball Association’s Los Angeles Clippers were sold for $2 billion, doesn’t mean the National..." August 20

  • Vikings, Chris Kluwe announce agreement officially reached, ending 7 1/2-month saga

    St. Paul Pioneer Press "The Vkings and a laywer for former punter Chris Kluwe announced an agreement Tuesday morning that officially ended the 7 1/2-month saga surrounding the former Vikings punter. The settlement, which was reached late last week and then put in writing early this week, results in the Vikings making..." August 19

  • Jerome Simpson to appeal three-game NFL suspension

    St. Paul Pioneer Press "Vikings wide receiver Jerome Simpson is appealing a three-game NFL suspension for his November drunken-driving arrest, his attorney said Monday. Simpson missed practice at Winter Park to attend a hearing at league headquarters in New York and argue that he should not be suspended for the second..." August 19

  • Vikes beats Cards

    Minneapolis Star Tribune "Vikings coach Mike Zimmer wanted to get an extended look at his first-team units, especially veteran quarterback Matt Cassel with the starting offense, during Saturday night’s preseason game against the Arizona Cardinals. He figured that the Cardinals, a team with a stout defense in 2013 that..." August 17

  • Vikings right to pick Bridgewater over Manziel

    St. Paul Pioneer Press "CBS analyst Rich Gannon said Friday the Vikings made a "calculated decision" to draft Teddy Bridgewater in May and that it was the right one. The Vikings opted not to trade up for a chance to select Johnny Manziel, who went Cleveland with the 22nd pick, to instead trade up and pick Bridgewater..." August 16

  • Kluwe, Vikings reach settlement, avoid lawsuit

    USA Today "The lawyer for former punter Chris Kluwe says the Minnesota Vikings have reached a settlement with his client, ending the threat of a lawsuit over Kluwe's release. "The parties intend to hold a joint press conference early next week to make public the terms of a settlement arrived at late last..." August 16

  • Matt Cassel looks like right choice at QB for Vikings ... for now

    USA Today "Minnesota Vikings coach Mike Zimmer says he hasn't settled on a starting quarterback. But the way he describes the decision between veteran Matt Cassel and rookie Teddy Bridgewater sure seems to drop a strong hint he knows what he wants to do. "A lot of it that I have to gauge isn't just..." August 15

  • Mike Zimmer hopes exhibition can clear up traffic jam at strong safety

    St. Paul Pioneer Press "The Vikings have a traffic jam at strong safety. Entering the team's second preseason game Saturday against Arizona at TCF Bank Stadium, the starting job is wide open -- and some players might have as good a chance of winning the spot as they do of being cut. "I think we have a lot of great..." August 15

  • Bridgewater says he thinks too much

    Minneapolis Star Tribune "Coach Mike Zimmer clearly is content with the way Matt Cassel is playing, saying, “I hope Matt continues to do what he’s been doing.” As for Teddy Bridgewater, Zimmer is practicing patience. “He’s got so much going on in his mind right now that I just want him to play,” Zimmer said. “That’s..." August 15

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    Master Tesfatsion @MasterStrib

    Zimmer said Adrian Peterson won't play vs Cardinals either #Vikings

  • Adrian Peterson talks life changes

    ESPN.com "Ten months after the death of his son in Sioux Falls, South Dakota, Minnesota Vikings running back Adrian Peterson said he has made some major changes in his life. One of the game's top ballcarriers -- he's run for more than 1,000 yards in six of his seven pro seasons and topped 2,000 yards in..." August 13

  • Who should you draft with the No. 1 pick in fantasy football?

    USA Today "LeSean McCoy is in the best position to succeed Tim Heaney, senior fantasy writer: Why blindly pick last year’s top running back at No. 1? Jamaal Charles is a first-rounder, but 12 rushing scores and 70 receptions are hard to repeat, even with Andy Reid running things. After his monumental..." August 13

  • Cassel confident in remaining Vikings' No. 1 QB

    Minneapolis Star Tribune "There are times when you want to spin Matt Cassel around and check for the pull string that would explain why he sounds more like a 6-4 Ken Doll than a competitive athlete who has seized control of the Vikings quarterback competition heading into Week 2 of the preseason. “You know how it is at..." August 13

  • Vikings Sign Tight End Kory Sperry

    Daily Norseman "The Minnesota Vikings had an empty spot on the roster following the release of tight end A.C. Leonard. . .which we still don't really know all the details of. . .and they signed another tight end to put in that spot. On Sunday, the team signed tight end Kory Sperry, who has some familiarity..." August 12

  • Linval Joseph says he is 'extremely thankful' to escape major injury at nightclub shooting

    Minneapolis Star Tribune "Nose tackle Linval Joseph is back with the Vikings in Mankato after being shot in the calf at a nightclub early Saturday. He attended the morning meetings with teammates and is said to be in good spirits. Joseph was not at the special-teams-only morning walkthrough — he wouldn’t have been under..." August 10

  • Vikings defensive tackle Linval Joseph shot after game

    Pro Football Talk "The key to the preseason for NFL teams is to escape uninjured. That applies to the post-game as well. The Vikings announced that defensive tackle Linval Joseph was shot in the leg last night at a nightclub after the game. “Following last night’s preseason game, Minnesota Vikings defensive..." August 10

  • Coleman starts, shines with interception

    ESPN.com "Since the start of the Vikings' offseason program, when Robert Blanton got a chance to stake his claim to a starting safety spot with Jamarca Sanford and Andrew Sendejo sitting out with injuries, the Vikings' crowded competition at the position has been significantly affected by who's healthy and..." August 09

  • Teddy Bridgewater turns in an inoffensive opener for Vikings

    Pro Football Talk "One of the oldest football cliches is that if you have two quarterbacks, you have none. So how many do the Vikings actually have? None of the triumvirate of Matt Cassel, Teddy Bridgewater or Christian Ponder did much to stand out, which only serves to bolster Adrian Peterson’s MVP candidacy..." August 09

  • A lot to like in first look at Vikings, who beat Raiders 10-6 in preseason opener

    Minneapolis Star Tribune "The Vikings entered a new era Friday night, with Mike Zimmer pacing the sidelines at TCF Bank Stadium, the team’s temporary home for the next two years, and rookie quarterback Teddy Bridgewater making his preseason debut. Zimmer’s first game as an NFL head coach — albeit an exhibition — went in..." August 09

  • Vikings open preseason, begin two-year TCF Bank Stadium stay

    Minneapolis Star Tribune "The Mike Zimmer era unofficially begins Friday night when the Vikings trickle out of the tunnel at TCF Bank Stadium. Their preseason opener also kicks off a two-year stint at their new temporary home. Officials from the Vikings and the University of Minnesota have been preparing for this moment..." August 08

  • When will NFL consider marijuana reform?

    USA Today "The NFL has not yet ruled on what’s next for Cleveland’s Josh Gordon, but the Cleveland Plain-Dealer’s Mary Kay Cabot is reporting the Browns are bracing for the star wide receiver to be out eight games. Gordon appealed his positive drug test earlier this week. His appeal is based on the..." August 08

  • Chris Kluwe’s lawyer, Vikings hold first settlement talks since threatened lawsuit put on hold

    St. Paul Pioneer Press "Chris Kluwe’s lawyer held settlement talks Wednesday with the Vikings for the first time since it was announced two weeks ago that the former Minnesota punter was holding off on possibly suing the team. Clayton Halunen, who represents Kluwe, confirmed the meeting was held. Halunen said the..." August 07

  • Norv Turner: I'm excited about what Teddy Bridgewater is doing

    CBSSports.com "The NFL requires teams to release depth charts ahead of their first preseason game even if the final version might look markedly different in a few weeks. We point that out because the Vikings' first depth chart of 2014 lists Matt Cassel as the No. 1 quarterback, even if that might not be the case..." August 06

  • Christian Ponder on role as No. 3 QB: 'I understand what my spot is'

    CBSSports.com "It wasn't surprising when the Vikings chose not to pick up the fifth-year option on quarterback Christian Ponder's rookie contract. And it was even less surprising when the team traded into the first round to take Teddy Bridgewater. Now nearly two weeks into training camp, and days after..." August 06

  • Adrian Peterson won't play in preseason opener

    Minneapolis Star Tribune "Vikings running back Adrian Peterson said he talked to head coach Mike Zimmer about his workload for Friday’s preseason opener against the Raiders. “Maybe 10-15 carries in this game. …I’m joking,” Peterson said. The conversation probably lasted about as long as the quote. Peterson will not..." August 05

  • Vikings sign Chris Crocker

    Pro Football Talk "One of Vikings head coach Mike Zimmer’s former charges with the Bengals has signed up to rejoin Zimmer in Minnesota. The Vikings announced that they have signed defensive back Chris Crocker as a free agent. Crocker spent the last six seasons with the Bengals and also played for Zimmer in 2007..." August 04

  • Vikings rookie Barr already proving his versatility

    Minneapolis Star Tribune "If not for the imposing shadow his 6-5 frame casts on the practice field, spotting Vikings top pick Anthony Barr before the snap would be like playing a game of “Where’s Waldo?” On Friday, Barr lined up across from left tackle Matt Kalil and rushed off the edge on one play. On the next, Barr..." August 02

  • Mystery at the middle linebacker spot continues

    Minneapolis Star Tribune "We’re a week into training camp, and the only clarity we have when it comes to the Vikings’ vacant middle linebacker position is that Chad Greenway probably isn’t going to be that guy. Head coach Mike Zimmer has moved him back to the outside exclusively so he can settle in on the weak side. So..." August 01

  • Kain Colter looking to catch on as punt returner

    St. Paul Pioneer Press "When Kain Colter showed up for a rookie minicamp in May, he had never caught a punt in his life. Not in pee-wee ball. Not in high school. Not at Northwestern, where he had played quarterback and some wide receiver. "Never," Colter said. "I always played quarterback, and they never were going..." August 01

  • Adrian Peterson praises versatile Minnesota Vikings offense

    NFL.com "Adrian Peterson has played with some great hand-off quarterbacks for the Vikings since entering the league in 2007: Tarvaris Jackson, Kelly Holcomb, Brooks Bollinger, Gus Frerotte, Joe Webb, Christian Ponder, et al. Minnesota's milquetoast collection of signal-callers -- minus Brett Favre's..." July 29

  • Ted Wells to join Vikings legal team in Kluwe case

    Minneapolis Star Tribune "Ted Wells is joining the Vikings legal team, a source close to the situation said, as the Vikings brace for a possible lawsuit from former punter Chris Kluwe. Wells provided the NFL with a report earlier this year on the atmosphere of bullying in the Miami Dolphins locker room. Kluwe and his..." July 29

  • Peterson: Vikings more aggressive

    ESPN.com "Now that offensive coordinator Norv Turner has arrived, bringing what should be a more aggressive scheme to the Minnesota Vikings, running back Adrian Peterson said he's playing in the offense he's "been looking for for the past seven years." And in the process of talking about Turner, Peterson..." July 28

  • Norv Turner wants a 'physical presence' at fullback

    Minneapolis Star Tribune "Should Jerome Felton expect a different or decreased role with Norv Turner running the offense? It’s a fair question considering the Browns, whose offense Turner coordinated last season, used two-back formations on just 5.2 percent of their snaps in 2013, according to Pro Football Focus. That..." July 28

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    Ian Rapoport @RapSheet

    Mike Zimmer told me he has nothing to see from Adrian Peterson in preseason. If he wants to get a carry or 2, he will. But may just get none

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    Jay Glazer @JayGlazer

    Vikings and TE Kyle Rudolph have agreed to a new 5 year deal

  • Cordarrelle Patterson’s foot injury “improving every day”

    Pro Football Talk "Vikings wide receiver Jarius Wright considers teammate Cordarrelle Patterson a “talker,” but Patterson didn’t have much to say on Saturday about the foot injury that’s kept him off the field during the first two days of the team’s training camp. Patterson hurt the foot last week, although he’s..." July 27

  • Cassel, Bridgewater “pretty much splitting reps”

    Pro Football Talk "fter being called out by Peyton Manning for his smedium shirt and all-access pass to Broncos training camp, FOX’s Jay Glazer took his bus-defacing training-camp tour to Mankato State University. He liked what he saw and heard of Vikings rookie quarterback Teddy Bridgewater. Per Glazer,..." July 27

  • Linval Joseph hid injury from New York Giants

    St. Paul Pioneer Press "Linval Joseph was playing in the media mecca of New York. Still, he managed to keep his injury a secret. The Vikings defensive tackle said Friday he played all of last season for the Giants with a partially torn labrum. Before anyone wonders why he never appeared on the injury list with it, he..." July 26

  • Mike Priefer: I’ve learned a hard lesson

    Pro Football Talk "The Vikings suspended special teams coach Mike Priefer last Friday night after an investigation into claims by the team’s former punter Chris Kluwe that Priefer made homophobic remarks while speaking to the team. Priefer made his first public comments about the suspension, which is for three..." July 24

  • Vikings' Zimmer maintains close ties to Parcells

    Minneapolis Star Tribune "The Wilf brothers Zygi and Mark, owners of the Vikings, have been longtime fans of Hall of Fame coach Bill Parcells. In fact, there were rumors a few years back that the Vikings were interested in hiring Parcells as coach. So the Wilfs should be happy that Parcells and new coach Mike Zimmer..." July 24

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    Master Tesfatsion @MasterStrib

    Chase Ford had a procedure last week for a stress fracture in left foot. Expects to miss training camp. #Vikings pic.twitter.com/Hb7NOWTLK8

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    Matt Vensel @mattvensel

    Zimmer admits that Matt Cassel is his No. 1 guy going into training camp.

  • NFL in LA? It could happen sooner than you think

    Sporting News "At long last, after a 19-year absence, the NFL is ready to return to Los Angeles. It's no longer a matter of if, but when. Expect the NFL to announce a return to America's entertainment capital and the second-biggest market in the next 12 months, with one or two teams debuting in Los Angeles no..." July 24

  • Vikings waive DE Spencer Nealy, sign TE Michael Higgins

    Pro Football Talk "The Vikings have parted ways with suspended defensive end Spencer Nealy, waiving him on Wednesday, the club said. The 24-year-old Nealy was banned four games in July for violating the NFL’s policy on performance-enhancing substances. Should Nealy sign elsewhere, he could take part in training..." July 23

  • Chris Kluwe, Vikes to continue talks

    ESPN.com "The attorney for former Minnesota Vikings punter Chris Kluwe said he won't file suit against the team for now, after conversations with a Vikings attorney re-opened the door for settlement discussions. Clayton Halunen, Kluwe's attorney, said in an email on Wednesday afternoon that he had talked..." July 23

  • Ponder names newborn daughter after ex-Florida State coach Bowden

    Fox Sports North "Minnesota Vikings quarterback Christian Ponder found an interesting way to honor one of his former coaches -- he named his baby daughter after him. Christian and Samantha Ponder decided to name their newborn Bowden Sainte-Claire Ponder. The first name comes from the quarterback's college coach..." July 22

  • Adrian Peterson -- YES, I GOT MARRIED!!!

    TMZ.com "Adrian Peterson is a married man ... TMZ Sports has confirmed. We spoke to AP's rep who confirms the Minnesota Vikings running back recently tied the knot to girlfriend Ashley Brown. The two were both wearing wedding rings at the Starkey Hearing Foundation gala in Minnesota this weekend" July 22

  • Kluwe apologizes for Sandusky jokes, blasts Dungy

    SI.com "Former Minnesota Vikings punter Chris Kluwe told SI Now on Monday that he apologizes if he offended anyone with a joke he reportedly made while with the team. According to conditioning coach and Penn State alumnus Tom Kanavy, who was interviewed by the Vikings for a six-month investigation made..." July 22

  • Chris Kluwe lawsuit to be filed against Vikings, Mike Priefer on Wednesday

    St. Paul Pioneer Press "Former Vikings punter Chris Kluwe plans to file his lawsuit against the Vikings and special-teams coordinator Mike Priefer on Wednesday, Kluwe’s lawyer wrote in a text message Monday. Clayton Halunen, Kluwe’s lawyer, told the Pioneer Press last Friday the lawsuit will seek in excess of $10..." July 22